A great hike starting from just a few minutes north of Bozeman. Winds its way up Sypes Canyon for a few miles then intersects the Bridger Foothills trail, where you can go right and in 4 miles be at the "M" (pictures on my main Bozeman page) or left to Middle Cottonwood Canyon. Or, keep going straight and head towards Baldy Mountain. The further you go the better the view gets. Although I haven't taken this route to the top of Baly Mountain, seems like it would be a quick rest of the way up. If you're into climbing, there may be some rocks of interest futher up the trail.
Equipment: Whatever you like to hike in!
If you've made it to Emerald Lake (see my other travel tip and driving directions), hike just another mile or so to Heather Lake. Smaller and a little more cozy, this lake often has fewer visitors that Emerald Lake.
A wonderful day hike (I think about 9 miles (15 km) round trip) , as well as quite a mountain bike ride. I was last here in September hiking with my parents, nice weather but just a hint of snow in the mountains.
Equipment: Nothing out of the ordinary for a short day hike.
A short hike or even shorter trail jog to an impressive lake. It is in fact the only lake in the area to have been formed in a manner other than ancient glaciers. This lake was actually formed not long ago by a tremendous rockslide.
Equipment: Easy hike, nothing in particular needed except maybe a bathing suite for the destination!